NYJO SECTIONS

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Bass Section

Andy
Cleyndert

Bass

Born in Birmingham in 1963. Andrew took up the double bass at school and turned professional on leaving in 1981. Read More...

Andy Cleyndert

Dave
Foster

Bass

Dave played bass with NYJO from 1996 to 2003, during which time he was also studying at the Guildhall School of Music. Read More...

Dave Foster

Paul
Hart

Bass

Paul was brought up in Ilford, Essex and studied piano, violin and composition at the Royal College of Music. Read More...

Paul Hart

Paul
Morgan

Bass

Paul went to the Leeds College of Music on a jazz course in 1976. From 1979 to 1982 he worked with NYJO.... Read More...

Paul Morgan

Tom
Mark

Bass

Tom was born in London and played various instruments from the age of 10 before finally settling on the double & electric bass. Read More...

Tom Mark

Drums Section

Bobby
Worth

Drums

Bobby has the distinction of being NYJO’s first drummer, assuming the chair in 1965. Read More...

Bobby Worth

Chris
Dagley

Drums

Chris was raised in a musical family in the West Midlands and, as a six-year old, was introduced to drummer Pete Cater, then with the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra. Read More...

Chris Dagley

Darren
Altman

Drums

Darren started playing the drums at the age of 8, taking lessons at his local school in New Malden, Surrey. Read More...

Darren Altman

James
Maddren

Drums

James is highly gifted drummer who has, in recent years, become the ‘first call’ drummer of choice for both the younger and more established generation of jazz musicians in the UK. Read More...

James Maddren

Jim
Hart

Drums

Originally from Cornwall, Jim began playing piano and drums aged four and soon extended this to include tuned and orchestral percussion. Read More...

Jim Hart

Les
Cirkel

Drums

Les was one of the earliest occupants of NYJO’s drum chair in the late 1960s, eventually deciding to go freelance at the tender age of 19. Read More...

Les Cirkel

Mike
Bradley

Drums

Mike played with NYJO in the early 90s and is now constantly in demand both on the pop/funk session scene and the UK jazz scene. Read More...

Mike Bradley

Mike
Smith

Drums

Mike started playing drums at the age of 9 and joined a Youth Big Band in the Oxford area, co-run by his father, when he was around 11. Read More...

Mike Smith

Pete
Cater

Drums

Pete was born into a musical family – his father was a drummer and his grandfather a saxophonist and bandleader – and Pete’s.... Read More...

Pete Cater

Scott
Chapman

Drums

Scott is a drummer and composer widely recognised as one of London’s up-and-coming musicians. Read More...

Scott Chapman

Steve
Argüelles

Drums

Steve was raised in Birmingham and began playing drums at school. He soon turned to jazz, playing in a rehearsal band with... Read More...

Steve Argüelles

Flute Section

Allison
Neale

Flute

American born, Allison is a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style, evoking the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper with whom she has a particular affinity. Read More...

Allison Neale

Gareth
Lockrane

Flute

Gareth started playing at the age of 10 and, after raiding his dad’s record collection, discovered jazz at 14. Read More...

Gareth Lockrane

Helen
Wilson

Flute

Helen is a gifted flautist with both classical and jazz musical interests. Read More...

Helen Wilson

Pete
Long

Flute

Pete enrolled at the Royal London College of Music at the relatively late age of 18 in a desperate attempt to escape future odium as a banker… Read More...

Pete Long

Rupert
Widdows

Flute

Rupert grew up on Guernsey, where he was an Elizabeth College student, but he began his musical training at the age of nine as a chorister... Read More...

Rupert Widdows

Guitar Section

Adam
Goldsmith

Guitar

Adam held the guitar chair with NYJO from 1998 to 2002, during which time he was also studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Read More...

Adam Goldsmith

Chris
Allard

Guitar

Chris studied jazz and classical guitar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and Malmo Conservatoire, Sweden. Read More...

Chris Allard

Jon
Russell

Guitar

Jon first began playing the guitar at the age of 10, studying both classical and electric instruments during his formative years. Read More...

Jon Russell

Pete
Callard

Guitar

Pete occupied NYJO’s guitar chair for four years, up until 1999, during which time he was also, for 10 years..... Read More...

Pete Callard

Phil
Robson

Guitar

Phil grew up in Derby in the East Midlands, becoming interested in rock music and taking up the guitar at the age of 10. Read More...

Phil Robson

Horn Section

Anna
Drysdale

Horn

A native Londoner, Anna studied at RCM with Sue Dent and John Ryan. She also studied improvisation with Jim Rattigan, supported by the Peter Hinkley Trust. Read More...

Anna Drysdale

David
Hammond

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Kerin
Black

Horn

American-born Kerin, who had majored in French horn as a high-school student at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan Read More...

Kerin Black

Perc / Vibes Section

Corrina
Sylvester

Perc / Vibes

Corrina studied percussion at Trinity College of Music and held the percussion chair with NYJO from 1996 to 2000. Read More...

Corrina Sylvester

Darren
Williams

Perc / Vibes

Darren has been playing the drums since the age of 13 and followed the familiar route of school bands and local orchestras. Read More...

Darren Williams

Felix
Higginbottom

Perc / Vibes

Felix began with NYJO in 2007 when he was just 14 – he was dissatisfied with his music tuition at school, feeling he wasn’t being pushed, so he texted Bill Ashton and asked to join. Read More...

Felix Higginbottom

Frank
Ricotti

Perc / Vibes

Frank has a special place in the NYJO pantheon because, as a young percussionist struggling with limited music educational facilities Read More...

Frank Ricotti

James
Larter

Perc / Vibes

James started playing percussion at the age of 11 at the Royal College Junior Department and has played with county ensembles Read More...

James Larter

Lyndsay
Evans

Perc / Vibes

Originally from Bournemouth, Lyndsay studied at the Trinity College of Music in London...... Read More...

Lyndsay Evans

Olly
Sakar-Samuels

Perc / Vibes

Olly began to play drums in his mid-teens, progressing to the vibraphone and orchestral percussion in the VIth form. Read More...

Olly Sakar-Samuels

Will
Lewis-Smith

Perc / Vibes

Will achieved three A grades at A level, and enjoyed his time at Pembroke College, Cambridge as a music student. Read More...

Will Lewis-Smith

Reeds Section

Alan
Wakeman

Reeds

Alan joined the pre-cursor to NYJO – the London Youth Jazz Orchestra – after being heard playing in a club with his cousin Rick by one of LYJO’s co-founders, Pat Evans. Read More...

Alan-Wakeman

Allison
Neale

Reeds

Alison played alto and flute with NYJO in 1996/7. Read More...

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Andy
Panayi

Reeds

Andy played saxophone in NYJO during the late 80s/early 90s before embarking on a professional music career. Read More...

Andy-Panayi

Chris
Biscoe

Reeds

Chris played with NYJO from 1970-73 Read More...

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Chris
Hunter

Reeds

Chris had a three-year stint in NYJO during the mid-70s, subsequently receiving an invitation from Gil Evans to move to the States to join his legendary Monday Night Orchestra. Read More...

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Claire
McInerney

Claire is a young established musician and a graduate of Trinity College of Music. Claire plays saxophones, flutes and clarinets. Read More...

Claire-McInerney

Dave
Bishop

Reeds

Dave took a saxophone chair at NYJO when he was 13, staying for 11 years during the late 70s/early 80s and featuring on several of the band’s early albums Read More...

Dave
O’Higgins

Reeds

Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins is an very prolific musician, with 18 albums released to his name since 1993. Read More...

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David
Healey

Reeds

David is a jazz saxophonist based in London and he currently occupies the NYJO Tenor 1 chair. Read More...

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Derek
Nash

Reeds

Derek, the son of Pat Nash – who was a respected arranger for the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra..... Read More...

Derek-Nash

Ed
Barker

Reeds

Ed, who played lead alto in NYJO from 2006/10, has written and published a book with legendary saxophonist and NYJO alumnus Nigel Hitchcock Read More...

Ed-Barker

Gail
Thompson

Reeds

Gail played with NYJO in the mid-70s and was a co-founder, with Courtney Pine, of the Jazz Warriors Read More...

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Gill
Burgoyne

Reeds

Gill played in NYJO when younger and is now lead alto with Horn Factory, Suffolk’s premier Big Band Read More...

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Howard
McGill

Reeds

Howard started playing lead alto with NYJO when he was 19, and remained for 6 years. Read More...

Howard-McGill

Jamie
Talbot

Reeds

Jamie cites the reason for his choosing to play reed instruments was listening to his father’s record collection. Read More...

Jamie Talbot

Jay
Craig

Reeds

Edinburgh-born saxophonist Jay’s infatuation with the instrument began at a very tender age when he was taken to hear Duke Ellington’s Orchestra by his clarinet teacher. Read More...

Jay Craig

Jim
Gold

Reeds

Jim studied PPE at University College, Oxford and subsequently the Royal Academy of Music. Read More...

Jim Gold

Josephine
Davis

Reeds

Josephine joined NYJO in 1999, playing with the band for three years, primarily on tenor sax. Read More...

Josephine Davis

Lisa
Grahame

Reeds

Lisa studied at Trinity College of Music in London and whilst there was the lead alto for NYJO. Read More...

Lisa Grahame

Lucas
Dodd

Reeds

With his incredible technique and wonderful sound, Lucas is undoubtedly one of the finest young lead alto saxophonists and soprano sax specialists in the country today. Read More...

Lucas Dodd

Matt
Wates

Reeds

Matt is an exceptionally gifted alto saxophonist and composer who played with, and composed music for, NYJO during the early 80s. Read More...

Matt Wates

Maurice
Cambridge

Reeds

Maurice studied clarinet, saxophone and flute at London’s Royal College of Music in the late 60s/early70s while occupying a saxophone chair with NYJO. Read More...

Maurice Cambridge

Nigel
Hitchcock

Reeds

Nigel first picked up a recorder at the age of 6 to complete a recorder quartet comprising of his elder brother and two sisters...... Read More...

Nigel Hitchcock

Phil
Meadows

Reeds

Phil, who was until 2014 the lead alto for NYJO, is fast emerging as one of the UK’s most creative young jazz musicians. Read More...

Phil Meadows – MD NYJO London

Riley
Stone-Lonergan

Reeds

Riley was born in London but he grew up in County Galway in Ireland. Read More...

Riley Stone-Lonergan

Rob
Sell

Reeds

Rob started to learn the saxophone aged 10. He has been teaching since he was 16, both privately and at City & Islington College, Stoke Newington Media and Arts College. Read More...

Rob Sell

Scott
Garland

Reeds

Scott has been playing professionally since the age of 14 – his first jobbing gig was with a jazz-funk band called Hard Lines in the 1980s. Read More...

Scott Garland

Simon
Allen

Reeds

Simon was brought up in Reading, attended Maiden Erleigh School and, as a young saxophone player, joined the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, which was later re-named Pendulum. Read More...

Simon Allen

Stan
Sulzmann

Reeds

Stan took up the saxophone aged 13 and played in Bill Ashton’s London Youth Jazz Orchestra, which later evolved into NYJO. Read More...

Stan Sulzmann

Ted
Rockley

Reeds

Year of birth: 1952 Read More...

Ted Rockley

Tom
Stone

Reeds

Tom graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class Honours and, although primarily a tenor saxophone player, he also plays baritone, alto and soprano. Read More...

Tom Stone – MD NYJO Nonet

Tommy
Laurence

Reeds

Tommy occupied the alto sax chair in NYJO from 2002/09 and, from a very early stage, was writing and arranging charts for the band Read More...

Tommy Laurence

Trombone Section

Andy
Wood

Trombone

Andy joined NYJO in 1996 and became a stalwart of the band, playing jazz trombone for four years Read More...

Andy-Wood

Callum
Au

Trombone

Callum Au is a professional trombonist, composer, orchestrator, and arranger. A member of NYJO from 2005, he held the lead trombone chair Read More...

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Chris
Dean

Trombone

Chris was a boy soldier in the Household Cavalry, studying trombone with Bill Teskey – then Principal Trombone with the BBC Symphony Orchestra Read More...

Chris-Dean

Dennis
Rollins

Trombone

When Dennis was fourteen he joined the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, with whom he studied and performed for some years Read More...

Dennis-Rollins

Jon
Stokes

Trombone

Jon began playing the trombone at the age of 11 and became fascinated by big bands. Read More...

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Kieran
McLeod

Trombone

Kieran’s flagship project is ‘New World’, an improvising ensemble featuring 6 of the most exciting and in-demand young jazz musicians Read More...

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Mark
Bassey

Trombone

Mark joined NYJO in 1985 and has written many of the charts in the NYJO pad. Read More...

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Mark
Nightingale

Trombone

Mark was a member of NYJO from 1983 to 1989, coming to the notice of the UK jazz scene with his debut album, Bonestructure in 1989. Read More...

Mark-Nightingale

Mat
Walton

Trombone

Matthew was born aged 0 in York and began playing the trombone aged 11. Read More...

Mat Walton

Ross
Brennan

Trombone

Ross started playing trombone at the age of seven, switching to bass trombone after joining NYJO in 2003. Read More...

Ross-Brennan

Tom
Dunnett

Trombone

Before moving to NYJO, Tom held a chair in the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra Read More...

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Winston
Rollins

Trombone

Winston began playing trombone at the age of 10 and joined NYJO in 1987 Read More...

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Trumpet Section

Martin
Shaw

Trumpet

Martin began playing trumpet aged 11 and in 1981 became a member of NYJO, remaining there for 3 years Read More...

Martin-Shaw

Reuben
Fowler

Trumpet

Reuben occupied a trumpet chair in NYJO from 2007/12 and was awarded the John Baker Memorial Prize for Brass in 2012. Read More...

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Rob
Greenwood

Trumpet

Rob started playing the trumpet when he was 10 years old and joined the local Nottingham music services Read More...

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Simon
Gardner

Trumpet

Simon joined NYJO in the 1980s after starting playing in North London’s Young Jazz orchestra. Read More...

Steve
Sidwell

Trumpet

Steve played trumpet with NYJO in the 1980s while studying trumpet, piano, composition and orchestration... Read More...

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Tom
Walsh

Trumpet

Tom left NYJO in 2012, having held the lead trumpet chair with the band for four years. Read More...

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Yazz
Ahmed

Trumpet

Yazz joined NYJO in 2000 and played trumpet and flugelhorn with the band until 2003. Read More...

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Vocals Section

Amy
Winehouse

Vocals

In 2000, aged sixteen, Amy was referred to NYJO by Sylvia Young, Head of the eponymous Theatre School Read More...

Amy Winehouse

Annabel
Williams

Vocals

Annabel was lead singer with NYJO from 1999 – 2005, during which time she was also Amy Winehouse’s vocal coach. Read More...

Annabel-Williams

Atila
Huseyin

Vocals

Atila was born into a Turkish Cypriot family in London and began singing at the age of 15 with a local big band, Young Jazz. Read More...

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Carol
Kenyon

Vocals

Carol was discovered by NYJO alumnus Guy Barker singing with a school choir at a music festival in Harrow. Read More...

Carol Kenyon

David(Joe)
Jackson

Vocals

Joe grew up in Portsmouth and, aged 11, joined a school violin class – he found himself fascinated by music... Read More...

David (Joe) Jackson

Jacqui
Hicks

Vocals

Jacqui studied saxophone & flute on the jazz course at Leeds College of Music and started singing during her three years there Read More...

Jacqui Hicks

Jenny
Howe

Vocals

Jenny, who comes from County Cork, NI, moved to London in 1992 and began her singing career in various theatre productions. Read More...

Jenny Howe

Julia
Fordham

Vocals

Julia was a NYJO vocalist in the mid-1970s, afterwards becoming one of the Wilsations, Mari Wilson’s vocal backing group Read More...

Julia Fordham

Kai
Hoffman

Vocals

Originally from Boston, U.S.A., Kai began her love affair with jazz singing in high school, singing alto and tenor parts in its jazz choir Read More...

Kai Hoffman

Kwabena
Adjepong

Vocals

Born in London, Kwabena Adjepong was raised by foster parents in Bermondsey, South London. Read More...

Kwabena Adjepong

Lance
Ellington

Vocals

It was perhaps inevitable that Lance would follow his father, Ray Ellington, into show business – Ray was a prominent part of the music scene in the early 50s Read More...

Lance Ellington

Lauren
Derwent

Vocals

Lauren is a prolific song writer, vocalist, pianist and percussionist. Read More...

Lauren Derwent

Lorraine
Craig

Vocals

Lorraine started her singing career in the early 80’s as lead singer with NYJO, recording her feature album, Shades of Blue and Green, in 1987. Read More...

Lorraine Craig

Noemi
Nuti

Vocals

Born and raised in New York City, from Italian descent, Noemi currently resides in London. Read More...

Noemi Nuti

Sam
Brown

Vocals

As the daughter of legendary rock guitarist Joe Brown and backing singer Vicki Haseman (of Vernons Girls fame), Sam was always destined for a musical career. Read More...

Sam Brown

Sarah
Ellen
Hughes

Vocals

Sarah Ellen sang with NYJO from 2001-2008 – she was principal vocalist from 2005-2008. Read More...

Sarah Ellen Hughes

Sumudu
Jayatilaka

Vocals

Sumudu is a singer-songwriter of Sri Lankan descent, born in Barnsley, who grew up in Scunthorpe and now lives in London. Read More...

Sumudu Jayatilaka


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